Hello, out there. I just recently had a conversation with a friend about poetry. She confessed to me she wasn’t a big fan and that while she liked some poets she just couldn’t get through a book of poetry.
Did you get that…my first Aha moment! 🙂
So I explained to her that part of the problem was she was trying to read a collection of works as if it were a novel. Each poem is a separate entity unto itself. They are not meant to be read back to back….but to be savored, enjoyed one bite at a time, if you will. This really seemed to make a lot of sense to her and I’m hoping by sharing this it might help someone else open up to poetry.
The other thing I hear from people is they don’t always get it… what does the author/poet mean… My response is what did it mean to you? Really, what did it make you think? What did it make you feel?
To me a great poem or story or song is one that makes me think or feel anything! If it make me sad or happy or even angry. AND if it makes me think of something in a way I never have before that is in itself a huge reward.
So take what you like and leave the rest 🙂